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Solutions consisting of people simply suggesting "hey, you should take transit or switch churches" really aren't productive or helpful in fostering a dialogue that's going to find something that works — fully recognizing as David does that the status quo also isn't the answer. As a result of changes in some neighborhoods to parking demand and availability and changes in policy, some churchgoers will certainly have to find other options including carpooling, transit, etc. And they'll make their own decisions about trade-offs as they choose, just like all of us do with where we live and go and how we get there. (Many churches near us actually operate shuttles, mostly to get older folks to church each Sunday. That's a great idea and there are lots of ways churches can work to lower the demand without pushing people away! Let's start there.)

But putting a wedge between these churchfolk and newer residents of neighborhoods is unnecessary and unproductive. The spirit of David's post is far more conducive to solutions than others just lobbing in naive truth bombs like "Hey you un-special churchgoers, why don't you just take transit or switch churches so we can solve this problem without actually having to talk about it anymore."

I don't like neighborhood streets jammed with Maryland plates anymore than the next guy on Sundays. But let's listen and involve people in understanding what's going on and try to find solutions that don't artificially separate people into camps warring against one another before we even begin. David's post is a good start.

by Steve D (@whiteknuckled) on Dec 5, 2012 1:02 pm • linkreport

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